HDR Transportation Technology Expert Ben Pierce to Present on AV/CV Benefits for Traffic Safety

Ben Pierce

HDR transportation technology leader and smart city expert Ben Pierce will present safety findings from a data-driven, research-based study of autonomous and connected technologies on May 9 during the annual meeting of the Committee on Safety for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Pierce will present the study’s findings during a general session titled Potential Safety Impacts of Connected and Automated Vehicle Technologies from 2:30 to 3 p.m., CDT, at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. The Interstate 80 Automated Corridors Study completed by HDR in 2017 for the Iowa Department of Transportation evaluated actual crash data from between 2011 and 2015. The project team analyzed the data as part of a performance and environmental linkages study.

“We looked at specific technologies and the features to be included on vehicles at various points in the future,” Pierce said. “What we found on I-80 is that, if 65 percent of vehicles adopted connected-vehicle technology, average crashes per mile could decrease by about 60 percent. Fatal and serious-injury crashes could be reduced by about 50 percent. The estimated safety improvements will vary with the level of technology adoption.”

Since the study was published last year, HDR has commenced similar studies along corridors in Colorado and Florida.

The AASHTO Committee on Safety focuses on the advancement of multidisciplinary approaches to eliminating crashes, particularly those resulting in traffic fatalities and serious injuries. This information, on the value of Connected and Automated Vehicle technology in reducing Fatal and Serious injury crashes, will inform the committee as they continue their efforts to deliver proactive, systematic and innovative ways to reduce traffic fatalities to Zero.

Learn more about HDR’s Emerging Transportation Technologies practice.

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